Kayla Rowton is an applicant to the Master’s in TCP program. She graduated with a 4.0 summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems, and she has been nominated for the CU Graduate Fellowship for Diversity. Kayla was also a Phillips 66 Scholar, Koch Scholar, and a Putman Scholar. She is a very active volunteer for community benefit, and has worked in the healthcare technology industry for the last five years. Recently, TCP had a chance to sit down with Kayla and discuss her experience with TCP and the career field.
What made you choose the TCP program?
I have heard great things about CU, the program, and opportunities to engage in real life applications/research, and anytime I have visited the campus, I have seen that first hand. I am also interested in learning a variety of applications for cybersecurity, such as digital forensics and cryptography, and the TCP program gives me an opportunity to explore them all, so the diversity of the program and ability to create my own path within the program was exciting for me.
What has your career experience been like?
I have worked in the Healthcare IT field for 5 years now, creating in house EHRs (Electronic Health Records) for use in Behavioral Health Care Clinics. On my team, I have had the opportunity to work directly with clients, gathering requirements they needed our software to meet, and then designing and customizing our software to meet those requirements. I have also had the opportunity to work with our research and development team, where I was responsible for writing the web services that send our client data to various reporting entities, such as the counties and states for funding purposes. Something special about the company is that they have their own philanthropy, EveryDay Matters, that all associates are encouraged to participate in. This ended up being one of the deciding factors in my choice to work there. This allows us to spend time volunteering in the communities we serve, whether it be the substance abuse, mental health, foster care, or family and youth support. It is a truly enriching experience to see the impact our interactions and support have on kids, and adults, that haven’t necessarily had the easiest path in life.
What was it like to be nominated for the CU Graduate Fellowship for Diversity?
I was extremely honored to be selected and hope that I can inspire other women to follow their dreams regardless of the norm, just as Elizebeth Friedman inspired me to take this path in my career.
If you could talk to a woman considering a career in cybersecurity, what would you tell her?
Go for it. If it’s something you want to do, don’t let anything hold you back or intimidate you from pursuing it. We can do anything we set our minds to.
How has your experience in the TCP program affected you and your career path?
I start the program in the Fall of 2020, but I foresee good things for my future at CU and afterwards because of the program.
Kayla Rowton is an incredible woman in the technology industry. TCP looks forward to having her as an MS student beginning in Fall 2020. You can learn more about Kayla on her LinkedIn page.